- You can not live near cinnabar without becoming red, or near ink without becoming black. 近朱者赤，近墨者黒。
- The copper bowl meeting the iron broom, the jade gong confronted by the metal bell. 铜盆逢铁帚，玉磬对金钟
- To save one life is better than to build a seven-storeyed pagoda. 救人一命胜造七级浮屠。
- Clear wine brings a blush to the checks; Yellow gold moves even a philosophic heart.
- Not a sip, not a sup.
- A single strand does not make a thread nor can one hand clap.
- The chess-player needs a worthy adversary, just as the carpenter needs good wood.
- Even a chicken must work for its food.
- A team of horses cannot overtake a word that has left the mouth.一言既出驷马难追。
- What the mouth speaks proves nothing; only by deeds can men be judged.
- The dead go, the living stay.